Guildford, UK - East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust recently announced that of the three bidders remaining in the final stages of the Sussex and Surrey PACS/RIS/VNA collaborative Competitive Dialogue Procedure procurement, Philips Healthcare has been awarded preferred bidder status; Philips is the first company to win a locally-procured PACS/RIS tender for the replacement of the National Programme for IT.
John Atwill, Managing Director, Philips Healthcare UK commenting on the award said, “Philips is delighted to be awarded preferred bidder status – especially so, given that the Sussex and Surrey collaborative is the first in NHS South to make this announcement following the DoH’s decision to discontinue the provision of national contracts for radiology systems beyond June next year. As a leading company in healthcare IT solutions, we are committed to improving lives with meaningful innovation and this initiative will not only simplify clinical workflow and improve operational efficiency and cost reduction, but will also improve quality and essentially patient outcomes.”
The procurement project, which included seven trusts, all with individual requirements, was headed by Dr. Neil Crundwell, Consultant Radiologist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. The other trusts involved were Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, West Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Surrey Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, initially expressed an interest in this collaborative procedure, but withdrew at an early stage and is understood to be pursuing a replacement for its current LSP-provided PACS/RIS in line with its ongoing Cerner Millennium EPR strategy.
The Sussex and Surrey collaborative is the first in NHS South to announce a preferred bidder and award contracts since the decision by the DoH to discontinue provision of national contracts for radiology systems beyond June 2013.
A spokesperson for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, speaking on behalf of the collaboration said, “Philips Healthcare, as prime contractor, together with its IntelliSpace PACS product, is partnering with Acuo Technologies for the provision of Vendor Neutral Archiving technology and HSS for the Radiology Information System. Philips Healthcare, who was found by the Collaborative’s Evaulation Panel to be ‘the most economically advantageous’, will provide the best-of-breed products to deliver fully IHE compliant and state-of-the-art image, data storage and sharing capability.”
Philips IntelliSpace PACS is an enterprise-wide medical image and information management system that delivers on-demand diagnostic-quality images over existing hospital networks, advanced radiology reading stations for radiologists and ‘always online’ long-term storage.
East Sussex Healthcare Trust published an OJEU notice in November 2011 on behalf of the collaborative for a single supplier to provide PACS, RIS and VNA functionality. A decision was taken by the trusts at the outset to procure a fully-managed service. Following the PQQ stage, in January 2012 the collaborative established a shortlist of three bidders for the service.
Dr. Graham Dodge, Consultant Radiologist and Principal Lead Consultant (imaging) at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Senior Responsible Owner for the PACS/RIS replacement programme said “This is more than a PACS system; it will support the vision to move the NHS closer towards the instantaneous provision of quality images and patient data, whenever and wherever they are needed, seamlessly following patient pathways and ensuring accurate and timely diagnosis and reporting. The trusts collaborating in this procurement will continue to improve the patient journey and efficiency savings through this unique partnership.”
Five of the collaborating trusts currently use the GE PACS and HSS RIS systems provided through NPfiT CfH LSP contracts; East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has a contract with Agfa for both PACS and RIS.
The multi-million pound, five-year contracts are due to be signed by 31st July 2012, when all of the Trusts concerned are expected to migrate to the new service before expiry of their current LSP and other contracts.